Assistant professor
African American, 20th Century US, Women and Gender

Old Main 304, 651-696-6937

Crystal M. Moten joined the Macalester faculty in 2016 and is an Assistant Professor of African American History.  A Chicago native, she received her AB from Washington University in Saint Louis in Anthropology and African and African American Studies, as well as her MA in Afro-American Studies and PHD in History from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  Before coming to Macalester, she was an Assistant Professor of History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. 

Professor Moten teaches courses on modern African American history with particular emphasis on the following: civil rights, economic justice, women and gender, intellectual history and public history. 

Her research interests focus on the intersection of race, class, and gender and specifically she writes about black women’s economic activism in civil rights era Milwaukee.  Her work has appeared in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and a special issue of Souls focusing on the Black women’s work, culture, and politics. Her forthcoming book is entitled This Woman’s Work: Black Women’s Economic Activism in Postwar Milwaukee.  

Professor Moten has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including a Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NEH Faculty Seminar Grant and most recently, she was honored by NerdWallet, a national college information website, as one of “40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.”